Christine from “Keeper of the Fruit Loops” Has Issues & a Giveaway

At first glance, you might think that you hopped onto the wrong blog because it would appear that the blogger spilling her issues today and yours truly don’t have much in common.

After all, I’m the childless, snarky spinster and she’s a mom who blogs about her family and running the PTA. However, I also know that all my dear readers aren’t moms who drink and swear or childless, snarky spinsters, so I’m deviating from the norm and featuring someone a few of you might relate to.

Don’t worry. Sunday’s post will be my dysfunctional business as usual.

But along with being funny, she’s also a bulldog. We were in “I Just Want to Be Alone” together and this woman could sell ass implants to Kim Kardashian and is as dedicated to what she’s passionate about as I am to not reading anything about the Kardashians. And pesto. Now you know that I mean business.

So without further ado, I present to you the Keeper of the Fruit Loops.


Name: Christine Burke

Blog: Keeper of The Fruit Loops

First thing you think of when you wake up?

That depends. My “during the week” answer is: “How can I get downstairs ninja-style to avoid waking the kids so I can have coffee for five minutes in peace?” My “weekend” answer is exactly the same, only I’m thinking it an hour later than I usually do during the week.

What’s the one “issue” or frustration annoying you the most right now?

The Ebola crisis. I mean, more people died going to work this morning than any American currently infected with the disease. And please, I can’t be bothered with Ebola minutia when Amal Alamuddin took George Clooney’s last name. Priorities, people. Priorities. Now, if George Clooney came down with Ebola, THAT’D be something worthy of my attention.

Three websites you visit every day?

I am assuming this question excludes Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And also The Weather Channel. If we are referring to actual websites, I read every single word Foxy Wine Pocket writes.

Real Life Parenting is like reading the dialogue in my head and she’s writing the words I’m about to say. It’s actually a little creepy, but I still check her goings on every day because it’s fun to see what I’m thinking.

Finally, I’m embarrassed to say I check MSN’s celebrity coverage every day. It’s like brain candy. I skip all the Kardashian stories though, because…Kardashians.

(Editor’s note: If we could combine Ebola and Kardashians, we might be on to something.)

What’s an unusual talent and/or accomplishment you could never put on a resume?

I have been to all 48 states by car, the majority of which were while riding the hump seat squished between my two brothers in an early ’80s Chevy Cavalier. Though I suppose I could put that on my resume if I ever applied to a travel agency.

I can write backwards fluently and am adept at reading things upside down. That’s especially helpful for magazine quizzes because I’m too lazy to turn the magazine around to confirm I got the answers correct.

(Another editor’s note: She said, “hump seat.” Tee-hee.)

Favorite place to be?

The beach. Preferably with no kids near me asking for Fritos, sand toys and ice cream. Also preferable: a cocktail, book and no one else’s kids asking me for Fritos, sand toys and ice cream.

(Editor’s note again: Give the kids a cocktail. Problem solved.)

If you could rule the land for one day, what laws would you create and enforce?

Everyone would be forced encouraged to read my blog, Random House would be forced encouraged to give me a book deal and absolutely NO ONE would be allowed to eat candy corn or circus peanuts. And anyone caught judging me would be subject to listen to Justin Bieber’s “Baby” on continuous loop until my reign ended.

What TV show would you want to appear on?

I have always wanted to be on The Today Show, because…Matt Lauer. Well, the Matt Lauer before all the Ann Curry ugliness.

Best/Worst Thing in your refrigerator right now?

Best: A kickass, slap your grandma delicious, homemade by moi chicken noodle soup. I made it last night from scratch and I’m already craving the leftovers.

Worst: A forty of Old English 800 given to my Hubby as a joke from a friend. So ridiculous.

What question do you wish I had asked and what would your reply be?

Q: How did you find my blog and what do you love about it?

A: I was delighted to find your blog after being accepted as a contributor to IJWTBA. I fell in love with your hysterical Facebook updates and your blog makes me giggle all the time. In fact, your Facebook page is one of the few that I have in my personal feed AND my fan page feed (that’s huge, FYI). And, also, I’m so totally doing an “Abby Has Issues” Christmas for my friends…your quotes on mugs bring me great joy.

(Last editor’s note: I SWEAR I didn’t pay her to say that as I’m not rich enough to bribe people and even if I was, I would probably spend the extra money on additional snacks. My point is that I’m embarrassed that’s what she chose to reply with because I don’t really handle compliments well—or rejections, which means I pretty much don’t handle anything well—but I humbly accept this response.)

And because she’s a giver, we’re giving away a copy of “I Just Want to Be Alone” to a random person who comments on this post answering the question below. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and a random winner will be drawn on Monday morning and notified via email.

Even if you have a copy of the book, play along and then go check out her blog. I’ll see you back here Sunday.

In the spirit of Fruit Loops, what was your favorite cereal as a kid?

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49 responses to “Christine from “Keeper of the Fruit Loops” Has Issues & a Giveaway

  1. My favourite cereal was Captain Crunch!!
    I wanted to comment as I love these spotlights, even though I know I am not eligible as I live in Canada 🙂

  2. My favorite cereal as a kid is (ironically enough ) the one I’m eating right now…Franken Berry. I can’t let Halloween go buy without buying (and eating) this strawberry marshmallow goodness. Don’t tell my kids, but I just finished the box. 😉

  3. I loved Golden Grahams!

    Loved the interview, ladies. 💚

  4. pamela tolliver

    My favorite cereal as a kid (and now at 30) is peanut butter captain crunch. That demonic bowl of awesomeness always tore the roof of my mouth up some kind of awful, but I’d still eat it every chance I got. Now I’m a little more careful, but only in the “I don’t buy it cause I remember that pain” kind of way. Still, every now and then I have a temporary loss of judgment and it sneaks into my pantry.

    • I have never had Captain Crunch (and don’t plan on ever trying it.) But EVERY person talks about how it rips the roof of their mouth up but can’t resist the taste. 🙂

  5. Cheerios and still love them!!! ❤

  6. It was Trix. And still would be if they were still shaped like fruit and not multicolored balls!

  7. My favorite cereal has been and will always be Fruity Pebbles, even though it turns into soggy mush paste by the end. Great interview!

  8. Cap’n Crunch for sure! I even lost a baby tooth eating it!

  9. That delicious/terrible bowl of obesity that was reeses peanut butter cup flavored. Also, cinnamon toast crunch. Yum sugar.

    Speaking of, why the hate on candy corn?!?! Sure it’s a disgusting mix of sugar and chemicals, but it TASTES SO GOOD.

  10. Lucky Charms. I still like a bowl once in a while.h

  11. Duh….Fruit Loops!

  12. Product 19 was my favorite cereal. It was a prequel to Bran Flakes and I liked the idea of a cereal that sounded like NASA invented it.

  13. Captain Crunch. Now it’s one of my kids favorites.

  14. I was cuckoo for cocoa cocoa puffs as a child…loved how they turned the milk all sweet and chocolaty (which, of course you’d then slurp down and probably spill some on your shirt right before school). Pretty sure I’d fine them disgusting now.

    Great interview! I also read every single word that Foxy writes.

  15. So believe it or not, my favorite cereal was Fruit Loops. And not just as a kid. I’m pretty sure that it’s the only thing that kept me from dying of starvation at the college dining hall. (Well, that and my stash of Pop Tarts).

  16. I love me some Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Mmm Mmm Good! And it makes your milk yummy too 🙂

    Also, I LOOOOOVE me some Fruit Loop Keeper! Great interview

  17. I LOVED (with hearts and everything) Coco Pebbles! Oh, the chocolaty sugar rush!

  18. Jennifer Church

    Captain Crunch! In a weird sadistic way, I liked the way it would cut up the top of my mouth and I would remember that delicious bowl of cereal all day!

  19. The “hump” seat. I had completely forgot about that.

  20. I may havr been a strange child. Who am I kidding? I’m still strange. I spent many of weekends with my grandparents and my papa was on a health kick. Fresh peaches or blueberries and shredded wheat biscuits smothered in real cream were a treat. Then there were the times with my other grandpa. The really strict, major religious, older one that figured ruling in feat was best. He was lactose intolerant so he would have cornflakes and OJ with maple syrup. It’s a thing and surprisingly good. Your flakes don’t go soggy before you reach the bottom. I guess besides those I was a honey but cheerios or raisinless granola kind of girl.

  21. Well, slap my ass and call me Sally!! Two of my favorites in one place and she mentioned ME??? ‘Scuse me while I SQUEEEE!

    I’m a fan of fun interviews … and this was definitely fun!! 😀

  22. OMG, someone above said Product 19. I’d forgotten all about that cereal. Anyway, mine would be Frosted Flakes.

  23. My favorite cereal is every kind except Grape Nuts. Who wants to eat rocks? I don’t like candy corn unless it’s mixed with salted dry roasted peanuts. I won’t eat either of those alone but together? Yum. I love Keeper of the Fruit Loops, Abby Has Issues and all the other awesome bloggers I follow! Thanks for the entertainment 🙂

  24. Love Christine all her SQUEEING. Thanks for sharing her here, Abby! I would love to watch you ladies chat it up on TV–move over Kathy Lee and Hoda! 🙂

  25. My favorite cereal as a kid was Pronutro!!!! Especially the chocolate flavor. 😀 ( I lived in Africa as a kid and that was the popular cereal there)

  26. Favorite cereal was Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I am now heading over to check out Christine’s Keeper of the Fruit Loops blog. Thanks for always introducing us to new (to me) bloggers Abby!

  27. Great interview! I loved Cap’n Crunch as a kid, but my mom wouldn’t by “junky” cereals so the only one we had in the house was Total. Total is what misery tastes like. Since I realized pretty early on that I hate milk, I only eat cereal with yogurt now, and I can’t bring myself to put Cap’n Crunch in yogurt. So I eat it with a crunched up granola bar (one of those green ones that disintegrates as soon as you open it) or Honey Nut Cheerios, because that’s what my daughter likes.

  28. I have three daughters who are pretty grown up now, but I remember that trying to squeeze a bit of normal life out of the chaos. Is it worth it ? I’ll tell you after Christmas !

  29. The book looks hilarious! My favorite was Captain Crunch, even though it would seriously tear your mouth up as someone else already mentioned. Hah.

  30. I was so weird. Instead of normal “kid” type cereal I loved Frosted Mini Wheats and still do. 🙂

  31. Oh, it was Sugar Smacks…with the honey bear! My kids loved Cap’n Crunch w/ crunchberries! the cat did too, He’d chase those little red berry balls all over the floor, then put them in our shoes! 🙂

    • that is a great story! My cats used to push over the Cheerios box and eat what rolled out. That was only a few years ago though.

      • Hey, that’s cool, a cheerio’s eating cat! I saw you mentioned Cookie Crisp…I think my kids joined their Cookie Crisp Club thing one time, got things in the mail from them! 🙂

  32. Kardashians. Ebola. Who do we need to talk to?

  33. I swear my fav was Froot Loops. I have no motive for lying since I can’t win anyway. Love both of your blogs.

  34. I loved plain Cheerios & Fruit Loops, until that Chocolate Chip cookie cereal (Cookie Crisp – I had to search for the name) came out in the late 70’s. Oh, and Count Chocula.

  35. Count Chocula was and is my favorite cereal. Mad Magazine was my favorite magazine Serial. Star Trek was my favorite TV Serial.

  36. Ruth Lyons Mazur

    Shredded wheat cereal! I don’t think there were any frosted cereals at the time. If there had been, I would have chosen Frosted Mini Wheats!

  37. I don’t possibly see how I could answer ‘in the spirit of Fruit Loops’ with anything other than Fruit Loops. Anything else just wouldn’t do… spiritually speaking…
    My favorite cereal as a kid was Alpha-bits. I can still sit down with a box of them, and just eat the whole ding-dang thing. No bowl, no milk. Just me and my bits…
    I can do the same thing with a box of Frosted Flakes; but I never had those as a kid…
    I’m versatile like that…

  38. Oh my goodness. Favorite cereal as a kid…has to be Frosted Flakes and yes, ’cause they arrrrrrrrre Grrrrrrrrrreat. But now that i’m all grown up up, my favorite kid’s cereal is Trix ’cause Trix are for kids. Fruit Loops come in right behind Trix.

  39. Count Chocula!!!!! Couldn’t get enough of it. Even though biting into the marshmallows before they were soggy enough always gave me the chills, like nails on a chalkboard…..writing out that truth actually makes me wonder WHY it was my favorite!

  40. Lucky Charms. Hands down. Still is.

  41. Cap’n Crunch with crunchberries, and Golden Grahams 🙂

  42. Funnily enough, my favorite cereal as a kid was, in fact, Froot Loops !! Love them…and your blog, too!! 😄

  43. my favorite cereal as a kid was cookie crisps. what kid dosent want cookies for breakfast?

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